DUPLICITOUS [doo-PLIS-i-tuhs]: speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter


 Duplicitous is a devastating accusation aimed a person who is believed to have acted in a two-faced manner.  It is the intention of the speaker to present (himself) as agreeing with different people, even though those people are diametrically  opposed to each other in opinion. For instance, if a Member of Congress wants to gain […]

POWERHOUSE: a person, group, team, or the like, having great energy, strength, or potential for success.


Powerhouse is a word that we hear most commonly in the arena of sports.  It’s no secret that this past year’s Red Sox baseball team was known as a powerhouse.  The Seattle Seahawks are now known as the powerhouse of the football world.   Right now the Syracuse Orange are the powerhouse team 0f the NCAA […]

HIGHFALUTIN [hahy-fuh-LOOT-n]: pretentious, pompous

There are debates about how to spell highfalutin, but this seems to be the preferred form.  Its origin is sketchy, but seems to have something to do with the root word flute. Hifalutin, highfalutin or highfaluting is what we call o.o.o. , that is “of obscure origin.” It may derive from the participle of the […]

WONK: a second look at the word

On June the 8th I wrote a blog posting about the word wonk and thought I was done with it.  [WONK]   I discovered in that process that a wonk could be anything from an Australian sailor to a Geek who is overly-obsessed with the pursuit of a specific topic.   There was a reference to the […]

UBIQUITOUS: seeming to have the ability to be everywhere at once

One of the great surprises of this mid-term election is the ubiquitous presence of Former President Bill Clinton on the campaign trail.   One person has compared him to a water-bug …  scampering all over the map seemingly tirelessly and showing up at the most unusual of places. President Clinton’s ubiquitous presence has been a God-send […]